Ilkley Creative Quarter art trail starting next weekend

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OVER 17 Ilkley venues and artists will open their doors to the public, showcasing their work and holding workshops for visitors from October 14-16.

The Creative Quarter trail begins at Ilkley Manor House, where the Dorothy Bradford ‘Rhythms of Life’ exhibition is housed upstairs in the Weston Gallery, and in the Solar Gallery, many local artists have produced work using an extensive range of techniques on the theme of Identity. The trail continues around the Castle Yard and Hill, following the road to and around Church Street, then along the A65, ending at Community Cutlery. This Open House event is free for all and venues will also have artwork available for purchase. The weekend is the perfect opportunity to buy unique gifts for Christmas presents, discover new artists known locally, nationally and internationally, be inspired by creative workshops and demonstrations and meet interesting people sharing the same passions. The event runs from Friday October 14 to Sunday October 16.

2 Castle Hill, home of Yorkshire Flower Essences and Ilkley Complementary Therapies, will have licensed therapists on hand to discuss the many treatments they offer such as Reiki, massage, aromatherapy, counselling, chiropractic treatments etc. Special workshops and events take place on certain days: On Saturday October 15, Tom Bromley from Burnt Orchid will use his blacksmith’s forge in the courtyard of the mansion to create small sheets of metal (which can be used as key chains, charms etc. ). The event starts at noon and Tom will discuss his process and answer questions from the audience. On Sunday 16th October Ilkley School of Art will be holding Creative Introductory Sessions in the courtyard of the mansion – young artists are encouraged to attend, but adults are also welcome! Mrs. Dutton’s Wonderful Workshops is also hosting a workshop that day, where ten of the world’s top textile artists will demonstrate their skills in a free exhibition called Inspiration!

All sites are within walking distance of each other. A downloadable map and list of all artists and venues is available via this link: https://www.discoverilkleyart.co.uk/ilkleycreativequarter

Alex Wild and Kei Ip, Visitor Engagement Managers at Ilkley Manor House, are also posting each location and artist along with examples of their work on social media throughout this week. Visit the Ilkley Manor House Facebook page or @ilkleymanorhouse on Instagram to find out more.

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